riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is a mixture of grapefruit, citrus, caramel, and some toffee. Golden amber, nice head, some lace. Fruity upfront. Some apricot, sweeter oranges. Caramel, citrus hops round it out. Some lingering citrus hops in the finish. Good carbonation, solid drinkability.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical color for an IIPA...how many ways are there to type orange-ish/copper color? nice lacing sticks to the side of the glass very well. aroma is equal parts caramel malt and grapefruit citrus. alcohol is apparent in the nose, but not overpowering. I would say the flavor is as well-balanced as the aroma betweens the malts and hops. Finishes with a decent citrusy bitterness. Aftertaste is a little bit earthy.
ColoradoMatty (16) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to NC Drinker. Pours copper with light head. Citris aroma. Meddium bitterness, hint of carmel. Well balanced.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught during New Hollandís special tapping ƒ:30) at Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy orange amber colored brew with a nice off-white head that leaves behind some great lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and tangerine zest, just barely any caramel malt and some grassy hops. Taste is full bodied, flavors of citrus, grapefruit and sweet apricots with a touch of caramel malt. Finish has a strong alcohol presence with more lingering grapefruit and hop character. Itís a hop bomb overall with some fruit profile.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RFDs in D.C. Pours a deep hazy orange color with a thick whitehead. Aroma is huge hops. Grapefruit, citrus, just a hint of malt. Delicious hop nose. Flavor was a little muddied. Not quite the sharp hops notes I was expecting. A little sweet, a little malty with more of a huop undercurrent.
tmoreau (1919) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Sampled on tap at Brixieís 75th anniversary beer tasting in Brookfield, IL., and again at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured to a fluted fest glass, and later, a rock glass, an orange/ amber tone with a modest off white head and spotty lacing. The aroma was heavy citrus and resin smoothed by complementary malt. The flavor showed a good deal of malt sweetness, a touch of caramel, and strong, hop bitterness. Have always been a fan of the Mad Hatter, and now itís big brother.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from riversideak via Mys Swap 4 (big thanks!). Pours a hazy copper with an average off-whie head. Nose is strong toffee, grapefruit and pine. Taste is apricot, mandarin orange, pineapple on top of a strong toffeish malt backbone. Carbonation is just right, body is full....mouthfeel almost syrupy. This is in between an IIPA and a barleywine.
ben4321 (3355) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Normís, 8/11/09
Aroma: Citrus fruits, grapefruit, a bit of grass, some light caramel maltiness as well
Appearance: Clearish orange-copper color, fluffy off-white head, nice lacing
Flavor: I tasted a nice hop character up front (nice mix of citrus and pine hops), and some lingering malts (caramel, maybe a bit of biscuit) in the end palate, some balanced, but pretty hoppy
Palate: Nice mouthfeel, long duration, minimal alcohol burn, dry
I liked this beer a lot. A really solid example of a style I absolutely love. Found this one to be balanced enough for non super hopheads, but still hoppy enough for the hopheads to enjoy. Not the best IIPA out there, but something I would certainly drink again.
**Just submitted a Photo for this one as well, as it was missing one.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent orange-amber with a sizable light tan head. Assertive citrus and some piney hop aroma. Syrupy, with a strong malt flavor, which to me somewhat undermines the hop flavor. The alcohol flavor is a little too noticeable for my taste.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a transparent copper with a massive and fluffy head. Aromas of sweet citrus and tropical fruit-like hops come rushing at me from armís length and closer inspection donít reveal much more. In fact, the aromas seem to be stronger from further away... Flavor is sweet and alcoholy... almost a butterscotch flavor and lots of caramel, but then with a lot of alcohol and hops in the finish. This is pretty odd stuff... I donít know what the deal is, but the hops seem to be a tease and they are pretty hard to pick out over the malty sweetness. 12 ounces of this would be vastly superior to 22... Itís not awful, but that will be more than enough of it.